One queen size bed with lovely views of the mountain or garden. Private, peaceful setting. Access to kitchen, lounge and bathrooms.
In 1941 the Waimarino District Health Board built a nurses home in Raetihi to accommodate the staff of the Waimarino Hospital. The hospital had opened in 1922 back when Raetihi was a thriving timber town and the Raetihi-Pipiriki road was busy with horses and bullocks carting logs.
The Waimarino hospital was a an important place employing three full time doctors, plenty of nurses and a full time gardener. With its perfectly manicured gardens and huge oak trees, the hospital stood proudly overlooking the town and had arguably the best views of Mt Ruapehu.
In the early years, farmers from valleys such as the Mangapurua on the Whanganui River (and home of the Bridge to Nowhere) would travel over 50km on foot or by horseback to have their logging wounds tended to. The hospital even had a maternity wing where women would ride a horse for two days to give birth here.
But as the trees were felled and forestry diminished so did Raetihi’s population. During the great depression, farmers walked off their land. Some of the service stores on Raetihi’s main street were affected and over a period of time almost all 11 timber mills were closed.
Later, rural hospitals were closed and facilities, as well as staff, were moved to New Zealand’s main cities. The nurses home was bought by one of the Doctors during which time the current owner Sandy Waters (aged 9 at the time) stayed here. Seventeen years later Sandy bought the Old Nurses Home and has been renovating and running it as guest accommodation ever since.
Set within 5 acres of park-like grounds, The Old Nurses Home is situated 1km from Raetihi’s historic main street with shops, café’s, a museum and NZ’s oldest Theatre. We are 30 minutes from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (transport departs daily), Bridge to Nowhere jet boat tours, and Mt Ruapehu's Turoa ski area. We are the start and finishing point for the Whanganui River canoe journeys. Several mountain bike trails are just a short drive or shuttle service away.
Facilities include a large, sunny, north facing kitchen/lounge which opens onto an extensive outdoor entertainment area with a big open fire, BBQ, wood fired pizza oven and magnificent views of Mt Ruapehu.
Seperate male/female bathrooms each have three toilets and three showers, plus there’s a laundry, a drying room and secure mountain bike storage.
In rooms we provide a full bedding including white fluffy towels. During winter we operate a European style central heating system plus the lounge has a fireplace (wood supplied), 50” plasma TV, SKY (with sports channels), DVD player and a stereo.
Outside we have a kid’s playground, trampoline, mini-petanque, a pet goat, a miniature horse, The Snowy Train and a bouncy castle (weather permitting). There is an outside spa pool surrounded by rocks and palm trees with mountain views. We have plenty of off-street car parking.
Interaction with guests
We live onsite and will be available to answer question from 8am until 10pm.
Sorry we can't accommodate your pet dog or cat.
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